It was only a year ago that Chris Dierickx and Nick Brown were working in two separate funeral homes in the small community of Camas. Dierickx is a fourth generation funeral director and current owner of Straub’s Funeral Home and Columbia River Cremation, while at that time Brown was a third generation funeral director at Brown’s Funeral Home and Cremation Services. “We were both managers of our own family firms,” said Brown. “We really had only talked in passing. It wasn’t that there was any hostility between the two of us, we just didn’t know each other.”
Clark County’s interim county administrator will begin his new job on Sept. 11. Mark McCauley, who is currently the county’s general services director, will step in for retiring County Administrator Bill Barron.
Two local men have bought a local company, with the intention to keep it local and help other local businesses succeed. Joseph Graves and Brian Kashas have purchased Workshed Interactive from Bret and Shannon Van Horn. “Brian and I had been searching for a way to work together, and Workshed had built each of us a website,” Graves said. “When we heard from Bret and Shannon that they’d be moving on, we felt like the Workshed brand of craftsmanship was a good fit with our personalities. “We both appreciate good design and enjoy problem solving,” he added. “This was something we could do together, add our own business philosophy, and maintain our existing businesses Joseph Graves Capital Management and Evolutn Design.” Workshed is located at 1887 Main St., Ste. 204, Washougal. For more information, email email@example.com or visit www.workshed.com.
The new manager of investor relations for the Columbia River Economic Development Council worked three years as the district director for U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell. Kimberly Pincheira served in a similar capacity for former Congressman Brian Baird. “She brings a wealth of relationships and experience with local businesses and governments which will be important to our organization,” CREDC Board Chair Bill Dudley said regarding Pincheira.
A marketing and advertising agency has relocated from southwest Portland to downtown Washougal. As a new resident of Washougal, I wanted to live and work in the same community,” said Heather Jordan, principal and creative director of D. Studio 21, Inc. The visual communications agency creates brand promotions for fortune 500 companies and local start-ups. “I help companies and organizations authentically communicate their brand message to build loyal communities — otherwise known as a consumer base,” Jordan said. “Common values and needs bring people together. I facilitate this natural attraction through my strategic use of visual design.” For more information, call 210-5316, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.dstudio21.com.
Lacamas Community Credit Union, founded in Camas in 1936, has opened its Andresen Financial Center in Vancouver. It is the credit union’s northwestern-most location. The Andresen Financial Center has garnered attention for its customized Opteva ATMs built by Diebold, which feature deposit automation and concierge services. At the self-service ATMs, members can complete envelope-free cash and check deposits, as well as traditional cash withdrawals. The Andresen Financial Center features three lobby ATMs during business hours and two more ATMs outdoors in drive-up lanes available 24/7. Within Lacamas’ newest concierge-style facility, staff guide members to appropriate areas to fulfill their financial service needs. For more advanced needs, staff can assist members directly.
The Clark County Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board, in partnership with the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce and New Seasons Market, is accepting nominations until 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, for the National Disability Employment Awareness Community Awards. The Clark County Community Awards honor the role people with developmental disabilities play in achieving a dynamic, productive workforce and recognize the leadership of the business community.
Temple Financial in downtown Camas recently hired a new employee. Phil Fraser will head up the company’s risk management division, focusing on life and health insurance planning.
Broadway Cigar Company has opened its third location. The shop, located at 1905 S.E. 192nd Ave., Ste. 103A, Camas, opened in June.
A smoothie and juice bar will soon open at 1887 Main, in downtown Washougal. Ginger Juice is expected to open in late September. Prior to that, there will be a “taste testing” event Thursday, Aug. 22, at 6:30 p.m., at Camas Friends Church, 1004 N.E. Fourth Ave.